Our honorary Board is made up of corporate professionals and food and wine industry members that work with the management team to drive the strategic direction of the business.

RADEK SALI (Chairman)

Radek Sali is one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness sector. He revolutionised the Swisse Wellness group by making the category aspirational and pioneering the use of brand ambassadors. As CEO Radek created a positive working culture (twice winning the “Best Place to Work” award in Australia for 2015 & 2016) and charted record sales. In 2015 Radek helped negotiate the sale of the group to Hong Kong-listed Biostime for over $1.7 billion, one of the biggest private company transactions in Australian history. 

Radek used the proceeds to set up his company, Light Warrior, with ex-Goldman Sachs banker Adam Gregory. Light Warrior is an investment group commited to creating shared value by investing in businesses that are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. In addition to Chairman of Light Warrior, Radek is the Chairman of MAdE Establishment and Made by Cow, a Director of Hydralyte, myDNA, Stratosphere and Wanderlust. Radek is also the Chairman and Cofounder of the not-for-profit Lightfolk Foundation, a Director of Igniting Change and the Hawthorn Football Club, The B Team member, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Director and a Campaign Cabinet member for Latrobe University. In 2016 he was CEO In Residence at Melbourne University and is an Honorary Alumni at La Trobe University.

CHRIS NOLAN (Deputy Chairman)

Chris is the founder and director of Principle Media Group (PMG). PMG is a media agency that includes a portfolio of global and Australia brands. It provides global digital and traditional media strategy, planning, performance and buying services.  Chris was formerly the CEO of SMG Media Group, also holding the role of COO for Publicis Media ANZ - he has 25 years’ experience working in media and advertising. He has worked with blue chip clients including Suncorp, Samsung, Optus, Holden, Subaru, Nike, and ANZ Banking Group. As COO of Publicis Media, and Director of Starcom & Mediavest Group (SMG), Chris led the operations across the five brands within the Publicis Media portfolio; Starcom, Mediavest, Zenith, Blue449/Match, and Performics.  Chris led the transformation of Publicis Media from media buying company to a product and consulting services business.

He is also a Director of Western Bulldogs AFL Football Club, a Board Member of the Alfred Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the Audited Media Association of Australia. Chris has a bachelor of science from Monash University has taken master of marketing studies at Monash and Sydney university and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

GORDON GEBBIE

Gordon has over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, from winemaking to marketing and sales. He has worked for the Rathbone Wine Group, which owns Yering Station, Mount Langi Ghiran and Xanadu Wines, for the past 19 years as Commercial Director. Gordon has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Bachelor of Oenology and a Masters in International Business.

PIPPA CRAWFORD 

Pippa has until recently been Head of Westpac Institutional Banks in Victoria and Tasmania during which time it became the leading institutional bank in Australia’s fastest growing state (Victoria). With a wealth of knowledge in building high-performing teams within an inclusive environment she also led Westpac’s corporate and institutional customer-facing teams globally with deep experience in infrastructure, natural resources and consumer facing businesses. 

With over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, Pippa has held several leadership positions with The Royal Bank of Scotland in London. Her last role prior to moving to Australia in 2013 was as Head of Loan Markets Western Europe. During that time she was also named in the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 Investment Banker class in London.  Pippa has a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and CRM. As a Director of Food & Wine Victoria since February 2019, Pippa is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Pippa has also been Director of Westpac’s Community Foundation Board.

STEPHEN ADRIAN (Corporate Governance Chairman)

Stephen is Consultant Director at ShineWing Australia, an organisation he has been with for more than three decades. Stephen’s skill areas include finance, tax and business structures. He is a director for a number of private companies, and a past director of listed public companies. He is currently a Director of Methodist Ladies College (MLC), the Australian Ballet School and Waterski and Wakeboard Australia, and a member of the MLC Foundation. Stephen authors the Company Directors Manual, recommended by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a director of F+WV since November 2012 and Chairman of the Corporate Governance committee since March 2018.

MATHEW BARBAGALLO

Mat is an international expert in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail industry. During his 20+ year career at Mars Inc., he worked in a number of senior executive roles, including at the General Manager and Director level. Mat lived in the UK and Belgium for over five years and in his last role he was the Vice President of Europe and Eurasia for Mars Chocolate, a large diverse region with over 50 countries.

After a long career with Mars, Mat returned back to Australia for a senior role at Coles Supermarkets, where he was the General Manager - Marketing. After his role at Coles Mat went on to work across multiple industry sectors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Majans Foods. Mat has a track record of leading world-class business, culture and talent development and has always left a positive legacy in each of his roles. He has two Degrees and has enjoyed executive study at Melbourne Business School, London Business School and Harvard University.

JOHN HADDAD AO, FCIA, FICD, FAIM (Emeritus Chairman)

John Haddad is Chairman of the Taverns Group of Hotels and was Chairman of F+WV from 2004-2018. He was a Board member of Victorian Major Events Company from 1991- 2016 and is a passionate and involved supporter of the arts community including as a Patron of the Victorian Arts Centre. John held the position of Chairman of the Australian National Academy of Music for eight years until 2008 and is Emeritus Chairman of Art Centre Melbourne Foundation Board of Governors (Retired).